Day 3: Eventful… and still 35 miles to go

Today’s ride was going to be a projected 129 miles. Yes, 129. That was not a typo. (Someone had a case of crazy-head when planning today.)

Well here’s the skinny on what’s happened so far. We’ve changed the name from Paul Anderson Cycling Challenge to Paul Anderson Flat Tire Extravaganza, and Jake is our poster boy. Poor guy has had more flats on this trip alone than the U.S. military has had flat tops. Plus, Logan, our boss today, had a flat. In fact, that’s a trend so far: every boss this year has, up to this point, had a flat on the day he was boss.

Let’s see… there was also this time when four guys got just a smidge lost on a road with no turns. But not too lost, just a smidge… a fuzz lost. Then Nick’s father, Daniel, wrecked on a bridge (it was raining) and cut his left hand pretty good, along with some impressive scrapes on his left knee and right arm. Otherwise, he’s okay. And Charles and David got a lesson on cyclist/pedestrian relations at a bus stop.

But! On the bright side, it didn’t get over 87 degrees today with a nice wind coming from the ocean. And overcast, to boot. A beautiful day to ride (although a solid rain is falling right now whereas so far we’ve only seen a sprinkle here and there.

So, for all those praying, keep praying. For all those not praying, start.

6 replies
  1. Kelly Burkeen says:

    Keep going guys…..be safe! Praying for you all! Nick, take care of your dad!!! :) We are so proud of you guys!


  2. Vicky Palmer says:

    So glad to hear that everyone is doing ok. I am really proud of all you boys so keep it up. We are praying for your safety daily and look forward in watching the videos each day! Continue, to do what you do best; “cycle your hearts out” and do it unto the Lord. Today’s devotion:

    Let the dew of my Presence refresh your mind and heart. So many, many things vie for your attention in this complex world of instant communication. The world has changed enormously since I first gave the command to be still, and know that I am God. However, this timeless truth is essential for the well-being of your soul. As dew refreshes grass and flowers during the stillness of the night, so My Presence revitalizes you as you sit quietly with Me.

    A refreshed, revitalized mind is able to sort out what is important and what is not. In its natural condition, your mind easily gets stuck on trivial matters. Like the spinning wheels of a car trapped in mud, the cogs of your brain spin impotently when you focus on a trivial thing. As soon as you start communicating with Me about the matter, your thoughts gain traction, and you can move more important things. Communicate with me Continually, and I will put My thoughts into your mind.

    PSALMS 46:10; LUKE 10:39-42; 1 CORINTHIANS 14:33

    This is a perfect time to clear your mind and just meditate on Gods beauty as you cycle each day. Ask your heavenly father for direction in your life and be still and listen; he is always near you. Love each one of you and praying!

  3. Grandpa Mike says:

    Wow, Logan is boss. That is special. We really liked your devotion Logan. We did feel bad for you when we noted you had a flat today. Apparently there is some conspiracy to make bosses feel bad by having flats. We hope that you don’t have another flat the rest of the trip – it only seems fair that it should be that way. Keep up the good work. We pray for you each day to do well. Love from Grandpa, Grandma, Mom, Alex, Uncle Dan and Aunt JoAnn.

  4. Angela Ewart says:

    So thankful the injury was not worse! Also, thank you to Nick, Victoria, & Mason for taking care of Daniel yesterday :)
    Still praying for all…

  5. Jhoanna Lunetta says:

    The thought of Daniel falling on the metal grates on the bridge gives me the chills. Praying for him. I know all about that . Growing up in Ft.Lauderdale right near the beach, I crossed the bridge to get to the ocean hundreds of times. I so admire all of you for your perseverance.Keep it up!

  6. Logan's Mom says:

    Hello boys,
    I have been out of commission for a couple and days and sorry not to write. I see that Logan was boss for a day and all I can say is WOW. It looks like you guys are having a wonderful adventure. I am so proud of you. Ride hard. Logan I love you and I just have to say Thank you. You are a wonderful young man and I will always love you. Talk to you soon. Oh and your sister sends a big squeeze from Idaho.


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